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This Day in Texas History: City of Nocona Incorporates

This Day in Texas History: City of Nocona Incorporates July 30, 1891 On this day in 1891, the residents of Nocona voted to incorporate. Nocona is on U.S. Highway 82 twelve miles north of Montague in north central Montague County. Settlement there began in the 1870s, when William Broaddus and D. C. Jordan moved 15,000…
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This day in Texas History: Preservationist Rebecca Fisher Dies

This day in Texas History: Preservationist Rebecca Fisher Dies March 21, 1926 On this day in 1926, Rebecca Fisher died in Austin. She was born Rebecca Gilleland in Philadelphia in 1831. Her family came to Texas around 1837 and settled in Refugio County. In 1840 Comanches attacked their home, killing Rebecca’s parents and taking Rebecca…
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This day in Texas History: Council House Fight Waylays Comanche-White Relations

This day in Texas History: Council House Fight Waylays Comanche-White Relations March 19, 1840 On this day in 1840, Republic of Texas soldiers killed some thirty Penateka Comanche leaders and warriors and five women and children in the Council House Fight in San Antonio. The Comanches had come to San Antonio seeking to make peace.…
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This day in Texas History: Indian Captive Reunited With Husband

This day in Texas History: Indian Captive Reunited With Husband February 19, 1838 On this day in 1838, Indian captive Rachel Plummer was reunited with her husband after spending over a year with the Comanches. Born Rachel Parker in Illinois in 1819, she moved to Texas with her father, James W. Parker, and her family…
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This Day in Texas History: Wagon Train Attack Precipitates Indian War

This Day in Texas History: Wagon Train Attack Precipitates Indian War May 18, 1871 On this day in 1871, more than 100 Kiowas, Comanches, Kiowa-Apaches, Arapahoes, and Cheyennes from the Fort Sill Reservation in Oklahoma attacked Henry Warren’s wagontrain on the Butterfield Overland Mail route. They killed the wagonmaster and six teamsters and allowed five…
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This Day in Texas History: War Department Orders Indian Reservation Surveys

This Day in Texas History: War Department Orders Indian Reservation Surveys April 26, 1854 On this day in 1854, the U.S. War Department ordered Randolph B. Marcy, in conjunction with Indian agent Robert S. Neighbors, to locate and survey land for Indian reservations in unsettled territory, preferably on timbered land of good soil adjacent to…
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This Day in Texas History: Indians Attack San Sabá Mission

This Day in Texas History: Indians Attack San Sabá Mission March 16, 1758 On this day in 1758, some 2,000 Comanches and allied North Texas Indians descended on Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabá, on the San Saba River near the present site of Menard. The mission had been established the previous year to Christianize…
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